24/02 – 01/03. How Ukraine is resisting Russian occupation. Photo digest №1

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The last few days have changed the course of European history. The Russian Federation, supported by the Republic of Belarus, openly attacked Ukraine, aiming to replace the government in a sovereign country. Ukrainians have put up considerable resistance to the invaders. For the first two days, they have stalled attempts at the takeover threatened by the Russian and Belarusian dictators before the attack. These photographs capture what are already historic moments for our time.

Photo Credit: Suspilne media Kharkiv

25.02 Kharkiv, Slobozhanshchyna
An unexploded Russian missile lodged in the middle of a pedestrian crossing in the city centre.

Photo Credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

24.02 Hostomel, Polissia
Ukrainian Guards with a torn-up flag after winning the battle for the airport in Hostomel.

Photo Credit: Emilio Morenatti for AP

24.02 Kyiv
People leaving the capital en masse after the city was hit by missiles for the first time since World War II. In the photo — Prospekt Peremoha (Victory Avenue), in the direction of the Zhytomyr highway.

Photo Credit: Vadim Ghirda for AP

24.02 Kyiv
A frightened mother with her child on a bus leaving the city.

Photo Credit: Aris Messinis for AFP

24.02 Chuhuyiv, Slobozhanshchyna
Shelling at night by Russian troops, resulting in civilian casualties.

Photo Credit: Yevhen Malolietka

24.02 Mariupol, Pryazovia
People hiding in bomb shelters as the city is bombarded with air strikes and artillery fire.

Photo Credit: Daniel Leal for AFP

25.02. Kyiv
A woman clearing up the wreckage of a damaged apartment building at 7A Koshytsia Street in Kyiv, where a military shell hit.

Photo Credit: Oleksandr Khomenko

24.02 Kyiv
Kyivans evacuating their homes to spend the night in the subway, sheltering with their pets from the explosions.

Photo Credit: Hlib Haranich for Reuters

25.02 Kyiv
Ukrainian National Guardsmen take up positions in the centre of Kyiv.

26th-27th February

Ukrainians are continuing to defend themselves and protect their right to a peaceful life, self-determination, and a chance of being a part of the larger European family. While the Russian dictatorship continuously lies to the entire world about “liberating” Ukraine, the reality is that the invading army is inflicting great suffering on the local citizens, who, in turn, are protecting themselves by greeting the occupants with Molotov cocktails.

Photo Credit: Christopher Occhicone for the Wall Street Journal

26.02 Kyiv
Remains of Russian armoured vehicles smouldering near the Beresteiska subway station after Ukrainian troops and territorial defence groups repelled the attack of the Russian army.

Photo Credit: Maksim Levin for Reuters

26.02 Vasylkiv, Naddniprianshchyna
During the night of February 27th, the Russian military launched a missile attack on an oil depot in Vasylkiv, causing a massive explosion.

Photo Credit: Oksana Mykhailiuk

27.02 Kyiv
An elderly woman expresses her support for the Ukrainian people via a photo on her granddaughter’s Instagram page. “My name is Iryna. I am 98 years old, I survived the Holodomor, Hitler, and the German troops. I will also survive the midget Putin with his scum! Glory to Ukraine!”

Photo Credit: Daniel Leal for AFP

26.02 Kyiv
A Russian rocket hit another residential building in Kyiv at 6A Lobanovskyi Avenue. The 17th to 21st floors of the building were destroyed. There were two casualties.

Photo Credit: Odd Andersen for AFP

27.02 Berlin, Germany
The world supports Ukraine: more than 100,000 people rallied in Berlin against Russian aggression. Rallies are also taking place in Prague, Amsterdam, Baku, and around the globe.

Photo Credit: Petr Josek for AP

26.02 Medyka village, Poland
In these four days of war, 368,000 people have fled Ukraine. Some travel long distances at night, creating long queues at border crossing points.

Photo Credit: Suspilne Media

26.02 Kyiv
A baby girl was born in the Kyiv subway, which is now being used by local residents as a bomb shelter. Her name is Mia.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Palinchak for Reuters

26.02 Kyiv
Evacuation of local residents: a young man from the Territorial Defence Forces rescues his pets.

Photo Credit: Chris McGrath for Getty Images

26.02 Kyiv
To protect their city, volunteers help prepare Molotov cocktails in the basement of the bomb shelter.

Photo Credit: Justyna Mielnikiewicz

27. 02 Naddniprianshchyna
To stop enemy equipment of the Russian occupiers in its tracks, all of Ukraine is putting up checkpoints preparing for the combat in cities and suburbs.

Photo Credit: Mstyslav Chernov

28th February – 1st March

Ukraine continues to defend itself, not allowing the Russian army to conquer any of the big Ukrainian cities. While the entire world carries out the rallies to show their support for Ukraine, Russia is becoming increasingly more isolated. In Ukraine, going down to the basement because of the air rade alerts, became the new normalcy. Russian troops are openly declaring that they were ordered to shoot civilians. At the same time, a Ukrainian passport literally saves a young man’s life.

Photo Credit: MAXAR

1.03 The United Kingdom, BBC News
A convoy of Russian military equipment, scattered along a major highway on the border with Belarus, is heading to the northern outskirts of Kyiv.

Photo Credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

1.03 Kyiv
Five civilians were killed and five more were injured during a Russian missile strike on the Kyiv TV Tower near the Babyn Yar Memorial.

Photo Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff for AFP

28.02 Kyiv
A couple is waiting for an evacuation train at the Kyiv central railway station. On the fifth day of the war, the Russian army stated that civilians could leave the capital “freely”.

Photo Credit: Pavel Dorogoy

1.03 Kharkiv, Slobozhanshchyna
The Russian army launched a missile strike on Kharkiv, bombing Freedom Square, the central square of the city, and destroying the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration. The blast killed seven people and injured more than 20.

Photo Credit: Serhii Korovainyi

28.02 Lviv, Halychyna
Volunteers make camouflage nets for the Ukrainian military. The whole country has united to defeat Russian aggression.

Photo Credit: Mstyslav Chernov for AP

28.02 Zolote, Slobozhanshchyna
A Ukrainian serviceman is walking in a trench near the town of Zolotye. Severodonetsk district of Luhansk region.

Photo Credit: Alex Lourie

1.03 Vasylkiv, Naddniprianshchyna
Ukrainian soldier rescues a cat. Two people were killed and three more were injured in a missile attack on a five-story building launched by the Russian army.

Photo Credit: Yurii Stefanyak

1.03 Lviv, Halychyna
The legendary phrase of the Ukrainian border guard from Zmiinyi Island is hanging on the windows. The phrase was addressed to the Russian warship requesting the Ukrainians to lay down their arms and surrender.

Photo Credit: Ron Haviv for The Economist

28.02 Kyiv
The man, detained by the Territorial Defense, asks not to be beaten up.

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